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03 Aug 2009

The Siren and the domestic ideal

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Written during the Victorian age and in a strict society, Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray was a book all its own. It is mostly categorized as a satire; however, it speaks volumes about the realities of the time. Women were considered as a property, and the men laid down...

31 Jul 2009

Hellenistic poetry

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Hellenistic poetry arose after the late Alexander period and heavily influenced other styles of writing to come. One contemporary writer of time was Theocritus. Theocritus was a Greek poet from Syracuse poetry in the early third century B.C. . He was considered by some to be a...

29 Jul 2009

The three-part structure of To the Lighthouse

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Virginia Woolf's 1927 novel, To the Lighthouse makes great use of introspective thought and philosophical questions infused within the prose. It is a novel in the modernist sense, wherein the plot is secondary to the emotional responses sparked by the heavy dialogue spoken throughout the story....

29 Jul 2009

Pastoral images in poetic practice - published: 29/07/2009

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Pastoral “is a double longing after innocence and happiness,” its “universal idea is the Golden Age…it is based on the antithesis of Art and Nature; and its fundamental motive is hostility to urban life. ” As educational awakening started to filter into the consciousness...

29 Jul 2009

Courtesan poetry of the Late Ming and early Qing dynasties

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

The strength, talent and individuality of the courtesan poets of the late Ming and early Qing period served to help develop courtesan poetry into a unique and important genre of poetry. Courtesan poets were pioneers that forged a new path in both the social realm and the literary realm,...

29 Jul 2009

Identity theft

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Don DeLillo's main character, Professor Jack Gladney, candidly remarks to his class “all plots move deathward,” and the plot of White Noise proves no exception. In the novel, Don DeLillo establishes a contemporary society where two kinds of people exist—killers and diers—or...

22 Jul 2009

Old stories of love and tragedy - published: 22/07/2009

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet largely pulls from a traditional tale, written and copied for decades before Shakespeare took his pen with an effort to adapt. Shakespeare's version, unquestionably the most famous, tells the story of love but, more, it tells of the tragedies to which that love...

16 Jul 2009

Scaling, airbrush, cropping and other ways to transform a portrait

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis. The times change, and we change in them. In Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Stephen Dedalus certainly transforms over time. At the core of this modernist novel lie issues of religion, art, aesthetic, and conversion. ...

16 Jul 2009

A subjective analysis of what one might term as a lighthouse

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Woolf could choose many ways to describe the Ramsay's to her audience. She could start with a description of their summer home, the price of their rent, or their family lineage in an attempt to engage the reader and establish some common ground on which to build from. But, as...

15 Jul 2009

Gremio and Echoes, Gremio and Echoes

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

What determines a character's worth? Are heroes more important than villains? Importance seems to vary subjectively, as does one's curiosity. In The Taming of the Shrew one may become identified with, intrigued by, or appalled by a number of characters, and as in much of Shakespeare's...

15 Jul 2009

Sugar and vice and everything nice: Examining the dual qualities of - The Fable of the Bees

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

In what way should we approach this startling claim? Is Bernard Mandeville simply a cynical philosopher degrading humanity and encouraging depravity? If private vices do in fact lead to public benefits what effects will this have on religion, economy, and morality? These questions, among...

14 Jul 2009

Berlusconi's Italy: A critical review

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

E. Shin and John A. Agnew is in many ways about the notorious Silvio Berlusconi but it is actually more focused on Italy and its politics as a whole. It is about what the authors call the “followership” of Berlusconi more so than his actual leadership. This book review will discuss the...

13 Jul 2009

The languages of modernity in "Paper Pills" and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Jean Francois Lyotard describes modernity as an era of irrevocable progress forward, a subtle movement onwards that is characterized by the centralization of authority and imposition of a teleological mentality, whereby every development is considered valuable from an evolutionary perspective....

13 Jul 2009

Racism and Canada's marginalized members: A literature comparison

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Canadians are proud of the fact that they live in a tolerant and multicultural society, but this pride is often ignorant to the fact that racism has played a large part in this country's history, and in many cases it has been systematic and caused much hardship and suffering. Systematic racism...

13 Jul 2009

Representations of social class in popular literature

Thesis - 3 pages - Literature

Many of the texts studied in literature portray Canada as a country that is divided by social class. Three of these novels in particular are Who Do You Think You Are?, The Wars and In the Skin of a Lion. The first of these novels is a set of small stories that chronicles the main character's...

10 Jul 2009

Reaching for a Larger History: A comparative book review

Book review - 4 pages - Literature

Hugh Kearney's The British Isles: A History of Four Nations and Gary Nash's The Unknown American Revolution both attempt to introduce an often missed dimension into their respective subjects. Although each book has a unique style and approach (because of differences in scope, audience,...

10 Jul 2009

Dejection and the eighth deadly sin: A Christian-critical engagement with Coleridge's "Dejection: An Ode"

Thesis - 7 pages - Literature

For the ordinary reader encountering Coleridge's “Dejection: An Ode,” the poet's dejection may seem irrelevant. The most explicit reason proffered for his dejection is that visitations of affliction have suspended “what nature gave me at my birth,/ The shaping spirit of...

10 Jul 2009

Framing Jane Eyre: The mystery of St. John's letter

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

In the final pages of Jane Eyre, one encounters a mystery more impenetrable than the madness of Jane Poole. As many have noted, Charlotte Bronte has given us a novel of character, rejecting plot as the driving force in her story. One reads Jane Eyre to watch the slow unfolding of the person she...

10 Jul 2009

Faery lands forlorn: A window onto one region of the imagination of John Keats

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Dooyeerdians tend to admit that indefinability characterizes an irreducible mode of being. At first, of course, this admission appears ludicrous. The modalities exist as a language for describing how the logical part of one encounters non-logical (not illogical) reality. But if they are pressed...

10 Jul 2009

Confessions of self-displacement in Great Expectations

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

One sometimes suspects, while reading Great Expectations, that Dickens could have been good friends with Bishop Tutu. One of the particular satisfactions of the novel is the often tender justice meeted out for character's sins. Very few characters who actually appear for any length of time remain...

07 Jul 2009

Transformations of literature: Augustine's Confessions and Virgil's Aeneid

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Both St. Augustine's Confessions and Virgil's epic The Aeneid marked a new direction in literature for the West. Each one was inspired by the works of previous authors, but was willing to forge a new literature for their times. In the Aeneid, Virgil established Rome as indebted to the Greek...

07 Jul 2009

The empowered woman in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

Book review - 7 pages - Literature

Speaking of his king's command to “stay [his wife's] tongue,” (The Winter's Tale, 2.3.110) Antigonus very succinctly states the theme of female empowerment in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Throughout the play, Shakespeare employs various strategies to communicate this idea....

07 Jul 2009

A review of T.H. White's book The Once and Future King

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

An epic historical fantasy with a point that transcends the genre, T.H. White's classic four-part novel is a time telescope with a mirror at the end in place of a lens. As with most classical literature, White's tale contains a higher intention hidden beneath the folds of his satirical...

07 Jul 2009

Success and its pressures as depicted in The Great Gatsby and Things Fall Apart

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Analysis of today's society reveals a deep-rooted desire for success. Indeed, it is human nature to strive to achieve, and it is encouraged to the point where ambition and competition become a way of living. For some, this translates into a life of blind devotion to a cause that is increasingly...

07 Jul 2009

John Marshall and Mercy Otis Warren

Thesis - 12 pages - Literature

Though John Marshall and Mercy Otis Warren shared little ideological ground when it came to politics, they did come together in their respective revolutionary histories to condemn the treason of Benedict Arnold. During the war, the treason stirred up a good deal of emotionalism; the United...

07 Jul 2009

Allegorical styles of writing

Thesis - 18 pages - Literature

Imagine you are standing at the edge of a rift. On this side of the rift lie life, reality, and the simplicity of the literary tale. On the other side of the rift is a world of mystery and ideals where morals and greater meanings are waiting to be discovered. Strung across the...

07 Jul 2009

A review of The Closing of the American Mind by Allan Bloom

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

In “The Closing of the American Mind”, Allan Bloom argued about what he believes is the failure of contemporary American universities and colleges. The very first thing he mentioned in his book was that “almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes,...

03 Jul 2009

Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger's importance in the Harry Potter series

Thesis - 5 pages - Literature

Many different events and characters contributed to the success which Harry achieved during the entire seven-book series in his goal of defeating Lord Voldemort, and saving the wizarding world from the despair it was experiencing. The one thing which helped him the most throughout the series were...

01 Jul 2009

Saul Williams

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Sometimes it is by sheer coincidence that things are discovered. This chance is sometimes called serendipity, fate, luck, providence and many other words. Christopher Columbus was looking for a new way to get to India in 1492, and he accidentally wound up landing in The Americas. It was another...

01 Jul 2009

Francesco Petrarca

Thesis - 4 pages - Literature

Francesco Petrarca, more commonly known as Petrarch, was an Italian man who wrote poetry in the 14th century. He was born in Arezzo, a town in central Italy, but did not spend much time there. During his childhood, his family followed the pope in a literal fashion, moving from Arezzo to Avignon...